Staying at our home at Harmony House is like owning your very own strip of coastline, complete with a walkway from the patio to the beach! Come enjoy these sweeping views, perfect privacy, and comfy accommodations!<br/><br/>Our 3-bedroom plus a bonus room, 2-full bath oceanfront home is light, airy, and open, as if lit with sunshine. Offering high ceilings, attractive and comfortable furnishings, a great ocean front deck, and all the modern appliances and technology needed for a relaxing stay, Harmony House is ready to become your beach getaway!<br/><br/>The ocean front deck is the showpiece of Harmony. Running almost the length of the house, it has a panoramic view of the coast. The murmur of the surf is clearly audible here, the air has a pleasing salt tang, and the sunrise performs for you each day! There's plenty of room to sit, dine, or lounge here. And right outside the door is your own personal walkway to the beach.<br/><br/>When it's time to go indoors, settle into our open-plan living room and dining area. With high ceilings, ceiling fans, and plenty of windows, this space is airy and full of light. The ocean view is lovely, and in winter the fireplace makes the room quite cozy. Gather around our big HDTV and DVD player and watch your favorite movie, or let the kids see their shows while the grown-ups play a little Texas Hold 'em at the dining room table. There's room for everyone to stay together while pursuing their own activities.<br/><br/>The dining room is also a good place to set up the laptop. You have free wireless Internet at Harmony House, so make this area your center of business, even if "business" means checking the opening times of your next sightseeing adventure and updating your Facebook status ("Falling in Love with St. Augustine Beach!"). And of course the table can be used for meals, too . . . though those tend to get taken out to the lanai!<br/><br/>The kitchen is convenient to the dining area, and you will find it well-appointed and spotlessly clean. A full breakfast bar with padded chairs encourages early diners to keep the cook company, and the well-stocked cabinets provide everything you need for home cooking. And if you have placed a ban on cooking this vacation, the microwave is perfect for reheating the takeout! <br/><br/>The bedrooms at Harmony House are just as airy as the rest of the house, and offer ultra-comfortable beds that make every night peaceful. The 2nd floor master suite is truly palatial, with a king-sized bed, large TV, and sliding glass doors with ocean views. The en suite master bath boasts a separate powder room, his-and-her vanities, and walk-in shower.<br/><br/>The 1st floor second bedroom has one queen beds and a large TV. And the 1st floor third bedroom, ideal for children but charming to all ages, sports bunk beds and a double bed. Big and airy, it's a good play place as well as a snug spot to sleep.<br/><br/>The bonus game room is a converted garage and can sleep another 2 kids or a couple on a futon sleeper. Enjoy games and a nap in this room.<br/><br/>Harmony House is thoroughly comfortable, completely furnished family home. Here you'll find all the linens, towels, blankets and pillows you need for all the bedrooms and baths, plus a laundry room to keep all your own clothes fresh and clean. By providing all the little extras we know a vacationing family needs, we've tried to make it easy for you to pack light and move right in. <br/><br/>We're just a few miles from historic downtown St. Augustine, and very near to world-class golf, shopping, dining, and sightseeing. But maybe the best attraction is our wide, family-friendly beach, waiting just at the other end of the walkway from the lanai. Have a great time here!
Additional amenities include: beach, fishing, washer / dryer.
Left on 10/13/2014 for a stay in October 2014 | Michael HReviewed Oct 13, 2014Stayed Oct 2014
The week my family spent at Harmony House was great. We loved having our own stretch of beach and lots of privacy. The house is not in a typical conglomeration of rental properties - if you are looking for miniature golf, go carts, jet skis, para-sailing , quad bikes and the like, you should look elsewhere. This rental is for people who like nature and quite. The beach is lined with coquina rocks, so playing in the waves is a low-tide activity, especially for small children. The rocks themselves are quite interesting, with basins and holes like Swiss cheese through which the waves surge at high tide. The house is not fancy (consistent with it's bronze rating) and could use some maintenance, but was comfortable enough. Be advised that the “bonus room” has changed very little since it's previous life as a garage and offers easy in-out privileges for bugs, including stunningly large (but harmless) huntsman spiders. The best thing about the house is location, location, location. There are no near neighbors on either side and having an unobstructed view of undeveloped coastline from the breakfast table was wonderful.
VacationRentalPros manages this property in a profession manor – maybe too much so. They responded promptly to all inquiries, but also made me sign a one-sided contract with a long list of offenses that would result in our immediate eviction or extra charges to my credit card. That said, they didn't hassle us in any way during our visit, and the notices posted inside the house were much less adversarial. When comparing rental property prices be sure to read the fine print – in addition to taxes, a high cleaning fee, and a non-refundable damage fee, there is an additional charge of 5.95% for unspecified “amenities.”
On the whole we were very pleased with our stay at Harmony House. The quite surrounding and proximity to nature suited our family of introverts well.
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